Girdle Definition

gûrdl
girdled, girdles, girdling
noun
girdles
A belt or sash for the waist.
Webster's New World
Something that encircles like a belt.
American Heritage
Anything that surrounds or encircles.
Webster's New World
A woman's elasticized undergarment for supporting or molding the waist and hips.
Webster's New World
A ring made by removing bark around the trunk of a tree, so as to kill it.
Webster's New World
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verb
girdled, girdles, girdling
To surround or bind, as with a girdle.
Webster's New World
To encircle.
Webster's New World
To form a circle around.
A ring of hills that girdled the city.
American Heritage
To remove a ring of bark from (a tree) as by cutting or chewing.
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Girdle

Noun

Singular:
girdle
Plural:
girdles

Origin of Girdle

  • Middle English girdel from Old English gyrdel gher-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English grydel.

    From Wiktionary

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